Farewell McQueen

I am still in utter shock; today we lost a fashion icon. Alexander (Lee) McQueen was found dead in his London home this morning. The paramedics were called but he could not be resuscitated and currently there are rumors of suicide. The guardian.co.uk has more details about this tragic loss. I know his family and company have expressed their devastation and will be joined by the fashion industry and admirers in mourning the late designer. He has definitely been one of my favorite designers for years with his innovative clothing that took a risks like few other out there and always presented us with something new to ponder. I think Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue sums up my feelings on this sad sad day. “McQueen had influenced a whole generation of designers. His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs. At one level he was a master of the fantastic, creating astounding fashion shows that mixed design, technology and performance and on another he was a modern-day genius whose gothic aesthetic was adopted by women the world over. His death is the hugest loss to anyone who knew him and for very many who didn’t.” Lee McQueen and his creative genius will be greatly missed.

Roo Lineup 2010

The Avett Brothers / The Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs (perform “Dark Side of the Moon”) / Weezer / Medeski Martin & Wood / John Fogerty / Cross Canadian Ragweed / Ingrid Michaelson / Phoenix / The xx / Regina Spektor / Mayer Hawthorne & the County / Wale / Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers / Norah Jones / Bassnectar / Monte Montgomery / OK Go / Jay-z / Punch Brothers / Thievery Corporation / GWAR / She & Him / Jimmy Cliff / Tokyo Police Club / Kid Cudi / Japandroids / The Dr. Dog / Baaba Maal / Neon Indian / Zac Brown Band / The National / John Prine / Dave Matthews Band /Dave Rawlings Machine / Local Natives / Dropkick Murphys / Manchester Orchestra / Jeff Beck / Jay Electronica / The Postelles / Carolina Chocolate Drops / Rebelution / Damian Marley & Nas / NeedtoBreathe / Tenacious D / The Black Keys / Jamey Johnson / They Might Be Giants / The Entrance Band / Lotus / Nitty Gritty Dirty Band / Clutch / Tori Amos / The Melvins / The Dodos / Kings of Leon / The Dead Weather / Rise Against / Deadmau5 / Martin Sexton / Blitzen Trapper / Gaslight Anthem / Mumford & Sons / Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Baroness / Julia Nunes / Here We Go Magic / Tinariwen / The Disco Biscuits / Diane Birch / Lucero / Isis / Miranda Lambert / Kris Kristofferson / lcdsoundsystem / Brandi Carlile / B.O.B. / Daryl Hall & Chromeo / Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros / Blues Traveler / The Temper Trap / Michael Franti & Spearhead / Dan Deacon Ensemble / Les Claypool / Miike Snow / Against Me! / Calexico / Hot Rize / Stevie Wonder

Phew … well the artists in itallics are ones I’m pumped to see. The Flaming Lips and The Black Keys were both big ones on my Bonnaroo 2010 wishlist. Tori Amos and Blues Traveler were some unexpected that let me check off people I’ve always want to see in concert. Continue reading

The Wait is Over!!!!

I’ve been waiting for the line-up for this year’s Bonnaroo since I left Manchester, TN last June. Finally, the day has arrived that the artists are announced … in a very special way. Check out their MySpace page for a new artist listed every 6 minutes (way to tease us and distract us from work). Once Weezer and the Flaming Lips playing Darkside of the Moon were posted, I was sold … though I doubt anything will compare to my first Phish shows from last year. I’m also really stoked about some of the female acts listed (Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, and Ingrid Michaelson). Oh and O K Go was just added – wonder if they’ll bring the treadmills? Can’t wait to see who’s headlining! I’ll post the full lineup tomorrow.  I’ve got my ticket, anyone else going?

The Colors Duke, the Colors!

color wheel

Color Theory was one of those classes that I always considered taking during design school, but it never quite fit into the schedule. Well thanks to Smashing Magazine, I have gotten a mini crash course in current color theory. SM has created a 2 part series on their website all about the greater meaning behind the colors we choose, complete with great current examples. Even if you’re not a designer, I think you’ll really find these posts interesting because you’ll start to notice these ideas in everywhere you look!

Color Theory: Part 1

Color Theory: Part 2

6 More Weeks?

Oh Phil

Thanks to America’s most famous rodent (rivaled by those in Disney cartoons) it has been determined we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter (see the official decree below). I actually may believe the the little guy this year after the major snowstorm we just had this past weekend. If you want more information on the history behind the groundhog, check out this National Geographic article

Phil’s official forecast as read February 2nd, 2009 at sunrise at Gobbler’s Knob:

Hear Ye Hear Ye Hear Ye

On Gobbler’s Knob on this glorious Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2010, Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators awoke to the call of President Bill Deeley and greeted his handlers, John Griffiths and Ben Hughes.

After casting a joyful eye towards thousands of his faithful followers, Phil proclaimed, “If you want to know next, you must read my text. As the sky shines bright above me, my shadow I see beside me. So six more weeks of winter it will be.”

Art & Copy

A Film by Doug Pray

“Hate advertising? Make better ads.” – Doug Pray

I had caught wind of this movie several months ago when someone passed me the trailer. Next week I’ll finally get to check it out thanks to my local AIGA chapter. This film, directed by Doug Pray, addresses the great and gritty that is the modern advertising industry. You’ll get interviews from the folks behind everything from presidential campaigns to the well known Got Milk? It definitely looks colorful and interesting and I just can’t wait! I hope if you live in the area, you’ll come out and if you don’t check the Art & Copy website for a screening near you.

It’s Tablet Day!

I have to confess that I’m a total Mac “fanboy” … er girl, so I am totally stoked that Steve Jobs is supposedly unveiling what is being called the most important thing he’s ever done – Yes, today the Mac Tablet is being unveiled (we hope). Apple is holding a product event out in San Francisco starting at 10:00am PT and it is rumored that this will include much anticipated Mac Tablet.  I will definitely be tuning in to the guys at TWIT.tv (I love you Leo) and checking in with MacWorld as the event plays out today.  I’m really interested to see what market they are catering this thing to and where the price point hits. Who’s ready for some shiny, new technology?